Sundance 2014 Acquisitions: Volume Two

Magnolia Pictures has picked up U.S. rights to Lenny Abrahamson’s “Frank” starring Michael Fassbender as a musician wearing a giant papier-mache head. A Summer release is planned.

RADIUS-TWC is acquiring worldwide distribution rights to “Fed Up,” the Katie Couric-narrated documentary about the rising rate of obese children in the United States.

Sony Pictures Classics has scored North American, Germany and Scandinavian rights to Ira Sachs’ “Love Is Strange”. John Lithgow and Alfred Molina play a gay couple who get married, only to be forced to live apart after they lose their home.

IFC Midnight has scored U.S. and Latin American rights for Jennifer Kent’s Australian indie horror tale “The Babadook”. Essie Davis plays a widowed single mother who connects with her troubled son just as a shadowy monster is unleashed in their home.

A24 and DirecTV have picked up U.S. rights to Aubrey Plaza’s zombie comedy “Life After Beth” about a man (Dane DeHaan) whose girlfriend comes back from the dead, giving him a second chance. DirecTV gets a one-month window for the film ahead of A24’s theatrical release.

A24 has also picked up domestic distribution rights to “All Is Lost” director J.C. Chandor’s new film “A Most Violent Year”. Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain star in the film which will get a wide release closer to awards season.

Radius-TWC has acquired worldwide rights to Charlie McDowell’s debut feature “The One I Love” Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass and Ted Danson star in the dramedy which will get a theatrical run.

Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions have acquired rights in all territories to Craig Johnson’s drama “The Skeleton Twins”. A late summer U.S. release is planned for the film which stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as estranged twins brought together unexpectedly.

Well Go USA Entertainment has nabbed U.S. rights to Tommy Wirkola’s Norwegian Nazi zombie sequel “Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead”. A full English-language version of the film will get a theatrical release later this year.

“La Bare,” the male stripper documentary from “True Blood” and “Magic Mike” hunk Joe Manganiello, has been acquired by Main Street Films. The doco, which premiered at Slamdance, is a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s most popular male strip club – “La Bare Dallas”. A limited release is planned this Summer.

Sony Pictures Classics has secured worldwide rights to Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz’s bawdy road trip comedy “Land Ho!”. The story follows a pair of retirees who set off to Iceland in an attempt to reclaim their youth through nightclubs, trendy spas, and rugged campsites. A nationwide theatrical release is planned this year.

IFC has acquired North American rights to Jim Mickle’s “Cold in July”. Michael C. Hall plays a small town Texas man who kills a home intruder and finds his life unraveling. A theatrical and VOD release is planned for the Summer.

IFC has also acquired North American rights to John Slattery’s “God’s Pocket”. Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in the story of a gritty, blue-collar neighborhood where a construction accident leads to the burial of a body and the truth.

Finally, Fox Searchlight has secured U.S. and select international rights to “Calvary,” the new darkly comic drama from “The Guard” director John Michael McDonagh and actor Brendan Gleeson. Gleeson plays a good priest threatened with death just as his fragile daughter comes back into his life.